001: AUTHOR AND ARTIST, DAVID "ZOMBIE BOY" STORM

"From writing to painting I am constantly throwing in little puzzles or “Easter eggs” for people to find." -- David "Zombie Boy" Storm

Photography and Interview by Carlos Detres

I got to know my friend, author and artist, David "Zombie Boy" Storm from the gallery who both sell at in the French Quarter. Being a fellow Floridian, horror aficionado and New Orleans transplant, we both got along right away. I really enjoy his artwork and insight. I thought that he’d be a great artist to interview and photograph for the first blog post on The Whiskey Dregs. His first show, "TENTACULES DES MARECAGES", in New Orleans is Friday, January 22nd at HFL Gallery.

 

What inspired you to begin painting your black and red series and how do they reflect your views and personality?

The combination of black and red have always had a draw to me. A pull that I found to be dramatic and aesthetically pleasing. As I have explored my spiritual paths I have discovered that the combination has repeatedly been brought forward. Therefore it felt perfectly natural to paint with these colors in mind. 

Being an author, how do your paintings reflect your stories? Are they a continuation of a theme?

There is a certain instinctual fear in the idea of something dangerous lurking underneath the surface of calm waters. My paintings often reflect tentacles bursting forth from seemingly calm waters. My writings also deal with similar terrors. They flow well together. Even though my writings are seldom represented specifically in my paintings.

Your window paintings are awesome. I especially like your technique to reveal details in the work that aren’t so noticeable unless a luminous source is placed behind them. How did this technique evolve?

It was the happy result of an experiment to try and portray shapes emerging from dawn or dusk mists moving through the viewers' perspective. And I have always enjoyed having little hidden things in everything I do. From writing to painting I am constantly throwing in little puzzles or “Easter eggs” for people to find. I think that even if they never find them it adds a layer of feel to any artistic project. The moon letters on the map if you will.

The thin veil between natural and supernatural is clear in your work. What was your environment like? How did this become a dominant feature in your work?

I have lived most of my life on comfortable terms with “Magic”, the supernatural and scientific mystery. I feel that being open to such things also opens a broad romanticism to the human experience. It is enriching. I also feel that the line between what most would deem is the natural world and the supernatural world is indeed much thinner than they would comfortably accept. If there is any line at all. The veil between the two with regards to my work, is my expression of this belief. Honestly I don’t think there truly is a line. The natural and the supernatural are in the end only small parts of a larger whole.

New Orleans and its surrounding area seem to be the right fit for your work. Which aspects of the city do you feel most akin to? 

New Orleans is a thriving, beautiful, complex and very exotic entity, which I look at as a sort of goddess. She and I have a love affair. There is no better way to describe it. I am in love with her. One could list off the things to love about the city such as the culture, the music, the history, the complex woven pattern of legends, traditions and stories. This city however is hard to describe in such simple ways. There is nowhere else on earth like her. She is simply magnificent. And her steaming mélange of perfumes, sights and tastes is absolutely perfect for creativity.

Your upcoming show on 1/22 at the HFL Gallery is your first in New Orleans. What can we look forward to?

I am bringing with me three other excellent artists, music to match the artwork, and a surprise or two if all goes well. I hope to capture in the ambience of the gallery, the same feel that my work projects. Creepy and beautiful.

TENTACULES DES MARECAGES
The Art and Photography of
XXX ZOMBIEBOY XXX
January 22, 2016
8-11PM
HFL Gallery
1007 Saint Mary Street
ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, MUSIC, PERFORMANCES, BLOODY MARYS
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